Our story, why us and more about our team

About us

Our story

It is rare to find a situation where a number of experts in their field come together to create something amazing, but that is what happened to us. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a client of Chris Pallaris needed to pivot from an in-person simulation exercise, to a remote, online event. Phil was brought into the event by a mutual contact as his extensive learning and development expertise instantly added value to the project.

As the event progressed, it became clear that the combination of Chris’ background in intelligence, security and global affairs, combined with Phil’s fascination with behaviour, emotion and communication made for a formidable team.

Soon after St8 of Play was born. The missing piece was the financial and organisational knowledge needed to run an international business and Julian fit the bill perfectly. Fast forward two years and our team has grown, our client base has expanded, and so too has our portfolio of serious games.

The future is exciting. We see it coming. We’ve got this.

St8 of Play provides truly immersive training and development solutions, for medium and large businesses, that are built to last. Our solutions deliver quality talent pipelines, ‘ready now’ leaders and people that say “whatever the situation, I am confident and prepared to move the situation forward”.

All our approaches are scientifically proven and evidence based. We don’t provide skills and tools with expiration dates. We want you to come out of our programs with long-lasting strategies, changed perspectives and, above all, confidence. That is what makes us different. Having the confidence and being equipped to navigate the complicated and rapidly changing world of work is our mission.

We make it so that in the moments that matter most, the statement “I see it coming and I’ve got this” is true. Our clients describe us as a passionate team that you want to get to know.

Our team

Phil Willcox

Director
Behaviour and emotion coach

Phil is responsible for the business and the clients. As Director, he sets the strategy, empowers and supports the team and plays a key role in future innovation of our products.

With clients, Phil leads relationship management and facilitates our Masterclasses and Serious Games.

phil.willcox@st8ofplay.de

Julian Jürgens

Director
Administration and finance

Julian is responsible for administrative matters with the focus on finances within our firm.

His talent lies in listening to issues and complications within our business, and based on that developing productive and effective standard operating procedures.

julian.jürgens@st8ofplay.de

Chris Pallaris

Director
Analytics coach
Chris is responsible for the domain of analysis and analytic reasoning of the business. He helps to design, develop and deliver games and seminars that strengthen participants’ ability to manage risk and uncertainty.

chris.pallaris@st8ofplay.de

Emily Lauterbach

Operations and marketing manager

Emily is responsible for the operations including our marketing and brand identity. Currently completing her Master’s in Marketing Management, her talents lie in communication and organisation through which she brings a fresh and modern perspective.

emily.lauterbach@st8ofplay.de

Sophie Peschanel

Creative Director and Project Manager

Sophie is responsible for the creative and visual aspects of our projects and our business. With her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design and with further education she is also responsible for project management which enables her to bridge the gulf between her dreamy, creative ideas and the ongoing projects.

sophie.peschanel@st8ofplay.de

Our team

Phil Willcox

Phil Willcox

Director
Behaviour and emotion coach

Phil is responsible for the business and the clients. As Director, he sets the strategy, empowers and supports the team and plays a key role in future innovation of our products.

With clients, Phil leads relationship management and facilitates our masterclasses and Serious Games.

phil.willcox@st8ofplay.de

Julian Jürgens

Julian Jürgens

Director
Administration and finance

Julian is responsible for administrative matters with the focus on finances within our firm.

His talent lies in listening to issues and complications within our business, and based on that developing productive and effective standard operating procedures.

julian.jürgens@st8ofplay.de

Chris Pallaris

Chris Pallaris

Director
Analytics coach
Chris is responsible for the domain of analysis and analytic reasoning of the business. He helps to design, develop and deliver games and seminars that strengthen participants’ ability to manage risk and uncertainty.

chris.pallaris@st8ofplay.de

Emily Lauterbach

Emily Lauterbach

Operations and marketing manager

Emily is responsible for the operations including our marketing and brand identity. Currently completing her Master’s in Marketing Management, her talents lie in communication and organisation through which she brings a fresh and modern perspective.

emily.lauterbach@st8ofplay.de

Sophie Peschanel

Sophie Peschanel

Creative Director and Project Manager

Sophie is responsible for the creative and visual aspects of our projects and our business. With her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design and with further education she is also responsible for project management which enables her to bridge the gulf between her dreamy, creative ideas and the ongoing projects.

sophie.peschanel@st8ofplay.de